Ken Bovell enters his second season as the head coach of the MIT men’s soccer in 2016 after an extremely successful first year in which he led the Engineers to a program record mark of 18-3-1 and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Prior to his promotion to head coach last year, Bovell served as an assistant for two seasons under then head coaches Aidan Byrne and Mike Singelton.
As part of the success that Bovell brought to the MIT men’s soccer program, he was awarded with both the NEWMAC Coach of the Year and ECAC Division III New England Coach of the Year accolades in 2015.
Bovell brings 25 years of proven success as a coach at many levels to the Engineers. He was born in, and grew up playing soccer in Trinidad. Upon coming to the United States, he played soccer at Boston College and was a semi-professional player in the L.A.S.A. League with the Lowell Blues from 1982-1985.
Bovell has been an Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach for many years and has worked with players at the high school, college and club levels. A head coach for the FC Boston Soccer Club, Bovell began his career coaching the varsity boys’ soccer teams at Abington High School and Newton South High School. Bovell also oversees the Massachusetts’ ODP Boys U-16 Team, a position he has held since 1994. His teams have won state championships and regional championships, while contending for national championships as well. He has worked with many players who have gone on to have successful careers in college and beyond and holds a USSF “B” Coaching License.
He holds an Associates Degree in management from Newbury College and is recently retired after 30 years of service with the Boston Housing Authority, working as a Human Resource Specialist, Property Manager and Budget Analyst.
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Brian Leighton enters his second year as an assistant coach at MIT and will be working with the team’s goalkeepers this season.
A four-year starter with Mount Ida College’s men’s soccer team, Leighton led the Mustangs to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005, and received various North Atlantic Conference and Great Northeast Athletic Conference accolades prior to his graduation.
Leighton spent one year competing for the Maine Sting, a member of the US Club Soccer National Premier League before returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team. He spent two years coaching Delta FC and is currently in his third season with the Celtic Bolts FC as head coach.
Leighton holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and masters in management. He also has a class “E” coaching license certified by the USYSA.